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A combined Amathole and Buffalo City Metro girls U/18 soccer team put up a brave fight against their German counterparts, going down 4 - 10.

A joint Buffalo City and Amathola under 17 women soccer team went down 4 – 10 to an enterprising Osnabrucker soccer club in a thrilling encounter at the Jan Smuts Stadium last week.

The German team capitalised on their evident height advantage, playing high balls that went over BC’s head.

The Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) and SAFA played host to the German Lower Saxony team, from October 5 -14 2019. The team played three games against a team from Queenstown and Port Elizabeth. “Our team did well in the first half by scoring three goals. One can tell that the girls are however not used to playing high-level football. This is about sport development as you know the Germans are the best. We do not prioritise sport, we treat it as just a part of wellness. Sport can provide solutions for the poverty that is eating our communities. We have the vision to see more females play professional sport,” said Manelisi Witbooi, sport development manager for BCM.

The visit is part of an exchange and twinning cooperation between the Eastern Cape Government and German Federation State. This programme has groomed many sportspersons that currently play for the under 20 National Women Football team and Banyana Banyana. These players include Siyathanda Skeyi, Anelisa Ndyebi, Zimasa Dekeda and Yonela.

Teams, coaches and team officials are connected from each country in order to exchange different techniques and opinions on how to improve competing with each other.


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